High school basketball playoffs moved back for a second time

Staff reportsFebruary 14, 2014 

  • Preps

    Basketball

    Rock Hill at Northwestern moved to Monday with the girls’ game starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Nation Ford at Fort Mill moved to Monday with the girls’ game tipping at 6 p.m.

    Lewisville at Lamar, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to Tuesday with the girls’ game starting at 6 p.m.

    Lancaster at South Pointe has been moved to Monday with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m.

    Indian Land at Buford has been moved to Monday; girls’ tip at 6 p.m.

    Clover at York has been moved to Monday; girls’ tip at 6:30 p.m.

    Wrestling

    Rock Hill will host Hillcrest on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Upper State wrestling dual tournament championship.

    Baseball

    Chester-Nation Ford scrimmage originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Tuesday at 5 p.m.

    South Pointe’s Saturday scrimmage with Andrew Jackson has been canceled.

    Zac Fuesser’s baseball camp, scheduled for Saturday at York Comprehensive High School, has been canceled. Contact Mike Fuesser at 803-684-995 or email at mfuesser204@outlook.com for information about refunds or any other questions.

    Winthrop

    The baseball doubleheader against Akron scheduled for Saturday will be played on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.

    The women's lacrosse home opener with San Diego State that was postponed on Friday is scheduled for Monday at Manchester Meadows starting at noon.

Because of the problems posed by this week’s weather, South Carolina High School League director Jerome Singleton has moved the starting date for high school basketball state playoffs back for a second time this week.

Almost all of South Carolina was affected somehow by the winter weather, but different parts of the state were dealt unique situations. The Upper State received predominately snow, while the Lowcountry was blanketed with ice. Singleton said he made the move to ensure a level playing field for all teams.

Earlier in the week, SCHSL moved the start of the playoffs to Feb. 19, but that is now the last day of the regular season. The first round of the playoffs for all classifications will be Thursday, Feb. 20, followed by the second round on Saturday, Feb. 22.

For Class A-AAAA girls and Class AAAA boys, the third round of the playoffs will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25. For Class A-AAA boys, the third round will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Upper and Lower State championships will then proceed as originally scheduled.

The new schedule does present challenges, including one day to prepare between the first and second rounds, and longer and shorter waits to start postseason action for some schools.

The schedule change is a boon to the hopes of several local schools that had to move games to Monday, and would’ve had one day to prepare for Wednesday’s first round of the playoffs. Indian Land and Buford, South Pointe and Lancaster, Fort Mill and Nation Ford, and Rock Hill and Northwestern all play on Monday and will benefit from an extra day of rest and preparation before Thursday’s first round of the postseason.

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